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Greg D. - Piano Teacher
$55per hour

In Home Piano Lessons

Greg's lessons:

Piano

Piano Lessons

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Overview

I started playing the piano at the age of three. My formal training began a few years later. When I was twelve years old I started taking private lessons with concert pianist Charlotte Zelka, who made me focus more on timing, volume control, and tonality. She remains a huge influence on my playing and instructional style to this day. In high school I played piano for the jazz band under the direction of Chuck Wackerman. Currently I am performing in two musical projects, and have been teaching for two years.

Teaching Philosophy

Music is an art. Playing the piano with no feeling or passion is not really playing. So therefore, I stress the importance of capturing the mood of the music when approaching a new piece with my students. I emphasize tonality, volume, and phrasing control. These three elements are what give the performance of a piece life and personality. Otherwise it sounds dry and robotic. I cater my lessons to each student's unique background and personality. I play and teach a broad range of styles, e.g., classical, jazz, rock.

Education

English

2002 - 2004University of California at Irvine

Selected Studies

2000 - 2001San Diego Mesa College

General Education

1991 - 1995Los Alamitos High School

Awards

Jazz Band Solo Award

June 1995Los Alamitos High School

Languages Spoken

  • EnglishFluent/Native Proficiency
  • SpanishLimited Proficiency

Reviews

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Jun 10, 2016
Verified Student
Piano Lessons Long Beach, CA

Greg is an extremely knowledgeable musician who knows exactly which directly to point you in. I've seen improvements each and every week.

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Jan 12, 2016
Verified Student
Piano Lessons Huntington Beach, CA

The lessons are going great! We really enjoy having Greg as Audrey’s music teacher. She is really learning a lot from the lessons and Greg is a very kind and patient teacher. Greg has also customized her lessons to music that is more contemporary so that Audrey’s interest has increased dramatically. She is practicing more often in between lessons and we are all very happy!!

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Los Alamitos, CA
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